For Sunday, October 21st

From the Rector

What’s in the Cup?

The Gospel reading this week is about an embarrassing conversation which leads to a troubling future for the disciples of Jesus. James and John, who are two of the disciples closest to Jesus, want a promise that they will remain close when Jesus is victorious. It is the kind of conversation one might imagine in modern politics, as campaign workers jostle for position in a winning administration.

Most who are familiar with the frequency of the disciples missing the point, would expect a laugh and a recrimination. But Jesus asks a question. “Can you drink the cup I drink…?” And they eagerly respond that they can. But they are mistaken about the content of the cup. They expect the cup to be filled with all the status and power they desire.

They haven’t been listening and they haven’t been watching. The cup that Jesus offers, the cup he has been drinking and will drink to the end has been on display in every encounter told in the Gospel. His cup is filled with service and sacrifice, not privilege. His cup is about the transformation of the world according to the generosity of God’s abundant love. This world is what the disciples know – now turned upside down. In the world Jesus is re-creating, the great leaders will be known for serving the least, not for their ability to oppress those weaker than themselves.

The cup that Jesus will drink is not filled with a winning strategy, but it is filled to the brim with a loving strategy. It is that love, that cup, which we are invited to drink deeply of. That love is God’s plan for us and for the world That love leads Jesus to heal the sick, search for the lost, and embrace the lonely or shunned. That love of God can do something far more difficult, it can begin the transformation in me.

Week by week we see in one another the change that God’s love has begun in us. We hold onto it gently and give thanks for each other as we are welcomed to the Altar. We remember that Jesus invites us to drink once again from the cup of loving service and sacrifice. Join us.

Fr. Andrew

Featured Scripture

Mark 10:35-45 Common English Bible (CEB)

James and John, Zebedee’s sons, came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”

“What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.

They said, “Allow one of us to sit on your right and the other on your left when you enter your glory.”

Jesus replied, “You don’t know what you’re asking! Can you drink the cup I drink or receive the baptism I receive?”

“We can,” they answered.

Jesus said, “You will drink the cup I drink and receive the baptism I receive, but to sit at my right or left hand isn’t mine to give. It belongs to those for whom it has been prepared.”

Now when the other ten disciples heard about this, they became angry with James and John. Jesus called them over and said, “You know that the ones who are considered the rulers by the Gentiles show off their authority over them and their high-ranking officials order them around. But that’s not the way it will be with you. Whoever wants to be great among you will be your servant. Whoever wants to be first among you will be the slave of all, for the Son of Man didn’t come to be served but rather to serve and to give his life to liberate many people.”

Ministry Fair

Thank you for your participation and efforts in making our Ministry Fair a wonderful and informative event. The table displays were very creative, the energy was positive, table noshes were tasty, and the information shared was a valuable sign of our active parish. A loose-leaf notebook of the various ministries will be on permanent display in the Narthex for our congregation and visitors to page through and appreciate the Abundant Life we share as a community.

Parades / Special Events Team

The Parades / Special Events Team is organizing our contingent in the PS Pride Parade, Sunday Nov. 4th and in the Veterans’ Day Parade, Sunday Nov. 11th. Your support and participation in demonstrating who we are as a faith community by our involvement in these public events is greatly appreciated. Walkers, riders and drivers are needed. Sign-up sheets for these parades are in the Narthex (church lobby), in the Parish Hall and the Office. There will be some seats available in cars for individuals who need to ride.

Parish T-Shirts

Parish Tee-Shirts are available. The cost is $10.

Tee-shirts can be purchased from the ushers before or after services or at the parish office during regular business hours. Our Tee-Shirts are perfect attire for local parades such as the upcoming Palm Springs Pride and Veterans’ Day Parades.

2018 Desert AIDS Walk

Saint Paul has supported the Desert AIDS Project for over 30 years providing donors, board members, and participating in events. Please join us as part of the Community and register with our team. Take Action and walk on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Make an Impact by donating or collecting donations for Desert AIDS Project. Sign-up sheets are in the parish hall or online at

Parish Life Hiking Group

Sat Inside All Summer? Join the Parish Life Hiking Group!

St. Paul’s Parish Life hiking group will be kicking off its 2018-2019 hiking season with a hike among the oak groves and hillsides of Wildwood Canyon State Park in Yucaipa on Saturday morning, October 20, 2018, starting at 8:00 AM. Please contact Chris Kelly at for a full hike description and details on our upcoming hikes. We’re going lots of wonderful places and would love to have you join us!

Daughters of the King

We invite those women of the parish interested in the Daughters of the King to attend our regular meeting on Tuesday, October 23, at 1:00 p.m. in the Parish Office conference room. We will introduce you to our ministry and answer any questions you have. Our Rules of Life, Prayer, and Service may have a place in your life. You will be most welcome! Sharon Strong can be reached at 760.285.8910

Interfaith Pride Kabbalat Shabbat

Temple Isaiah is hosting an Interfaith Pride Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday, November 2nd at 6:30 PM. People of all faith communities and beliefs are invited to join the 2018 Pride Welcoming of the Sabbath Service. This pluralistic prayer service with a core of Jewish liturgy will include song, ancient poetry, contemporary readings and meditation. For more information contact Temple Isaiah at 332 West Alejo Rd. Palm Springs or phone 760.325.2281

Adult Literacy Ministry

The Adult Literacy Ministry is seeking tutors to help English speaking adults improve their skills in reading, writing and comprehension. No prior experience is necessary. Volunteers are asked to commit to six months for this program. Tutors will receive training and some materials are available to assist. If this appeals to you, the Adult Literacy Ministry will hold an introduction and training session on Saturday November 10th in St. Paul’s Library at 10:00AM and you can register to become a tutor at that meeting. We look forward to seeing you there.

“St. Paul’s 101” – Welcome!

If you want to join St. Paul’s or learn more about the parish, come to “St. Pauls 101.” This is a single session class with Fr. Andrew instructing. In this informal setting, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about St. Paul’s and learn how to become a member. The next session will be Sunday, October 28th at 9:15 AM, in the Parish Office Conference Room.

All Saints Day

In our annual observance of All Saints’ Day, we recognize and celebrate our relationship with all Saints who have gone before us. We invite you to offer the names of loved ones who have passed away in the last twelve months. If you have submitted names in the past, please do not resubmit them. They are a part of a permanent parish record and will be remembered along with those newly added. The names of our Saints will be celebrated during All Saints’ Day services the weekend of November 3 & 4. You can submit names by adding them to registers located in the Parish Hall and the Narthex, or by calling the Parish Office. Please submit all names by Tuesday, October 30th.

All Saints Day Retreat

All Saints Day Retreat on Thursday November 1st at at Desert Journeys Retreat Center in Joshua Tree. Beginning at 10:00 AM, it will be a day of celebrating the Eucharist, reflecting on our Saints and sharing a potluck barbecue. The Rev. Canon David Caffrey is the host. For more information, you may contact Fr. David at

St. Anthony of the Desert

St. Anthony of the Desert Episcopal Church will officially close on October 31, 2018. A final Service will be held on Sunday, October 28 at 4:00 PM. All are welcome to join and support the St. Anthony’s community as they bid farewell to their beloved church home.

Monthly Taizé Service

Our next monthly Taizé service is  Thursday, November 1st at 7:00 PM in the church. This service, a mixture of song, meditation and Scripture, gives one an opportunity to experience God in a quiet, contemplative setting. Contact Nathan Ensign for more details. A good singing voice is NOT required.


Sundays at 9:15 AM in the Library
The Episcopal Café


10/21From Weakness to Greatness  Reflection on Isaiah 53:4-12 Led by Alan Zimmerman  Read about it

10/28 – He is More than Able  Reflection on Hebrews 7:23-28. Led by Gary Scott  Read about it

Tuesdays at 5:00 PM in the Library


Biblical Wisdom Literature – The Wisdom of Solomon. This five-week series is a video presentation and discussion of the Book of Wisdom and the Solomon’s reflections.

10/23The Wisdom of Solomon on Death. Led by Rev. Canon David Caffrey

10/30Overview of Biblical Wisdom. Led by Br. John Charles

Parish Life Book Club

Parish Life Book Club will meet on the second Tuesday of November this month only at 1 PM in the Library and new members are always welcome. On November 13, 2018, Book Club has selected Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. Manhattan Beach is a story about a woman mesmerized by the sea and her struggle to understand the disappearance of her father during World War II and the complexity of his life. Book Club is a group of people who enjoy reading and talking about the books they read. For more information please contact Alan Zimmerman at

The Palm Springs Library has eight copies in the book club section
and an audiobook to loan.

Hospitality Ministry

Seeking Coffee Hour Hosts
With the arrival of fall, we joyfully welcome our part time parishioners returning to the desert.  It’s a time for festive hospitality at our Coffee Hours following Sunday services.  Currently, there are several dates available, between now and year-end, to host a coffee hour. It’s easy!  All you do is provide offerings of fruit, pastries, cookies – anything, really, that you think others would enjoy.  The church provides coffee, tea, lemonade, and all service items.  If you would like to sponsor a future coffee hour, please sign-up today. You’ll find the sign-up book on the table just inside the Parish Hall entrance.

Questions?  Please contact Kathy Kilmer, 760.774.8233

Report clergy misconduct

As part of our ongoing commitment to creating a safe haven for everyone, our diocese trains people in the prevention of misconduct and encourages all to report misconduct. All reported incidences are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly and confidentially. If you believe you have experienced misconduct of any kind, please contact John Seitman, 858-793-4555 or Equilla Luke, 760-583-0485.

Compassionate Care Task Force

Our diocesan task force on compassionate care for victims of clergy sexual misconduct seeks to connect with those who have experienced misconduct. If you have reported clergy sexual misconduct and have information about the reporting or post-reporting experience that could be helpful to their work, please refer to the task force members, all of whom are listed on the diocesan website: Task-Force. Information on how to report misconduct is available here.

Church Office Hours

Office Hours are 9 am – 4:30 pm Tuesday through Thursday and 9 am – 11:30 am Friday. The office is closed on Mondays.

Should you call on Monday or Friday afternoon when we are closed to the public, please leave a message. In case of an emergency, a priest will return your call.

Sunday Worship Childcare

Childcare is available for both the 8:00 a.m. and the 10:30 a.m. services.

Bullying Behavior Not Welcome Here

At St. Paul in the Desert we welcome all worshipers to a place that is free of violence and bullying.

Physical, verbal or emotional violence against others or against oneself is not acceptable because of our understanding of what it means to follow Jesus.  Please let Jesus’ command to love your neighbor as yourself be your guide.

“It Gets Better” is a series of video messages to encourage Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender youth and let them know that they are loved as they are.

“A Blessing for Those Who Are Bullied” was written by the Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston, a Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

It is not enough to say “NO” to bullies. It is important to stand up for people and to provide resources for those who have been the targets.

© The Church of St Paul in the Desert
Site developed by PowerToolz Web Development

Social Media: